North Sioux City businesses can now operate at full capacity after the North Sioux City City Council struck the line in their resolution requiring businesses to limit to 50 percent capacity. Interim Mayor Rodd Slater stated the change came about after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds lifted Iowa’s businesses from the 50 percent capacity. However, even though the businesses can open back to full capacity, they must still maintain all other measures stated in the resolution, including social distancing and limiting the number of patrons sitting at one table to 10. The current resolution expires June 25.

While the change passed unanimously, some council members were worried about lifting restrictions too soon and causing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Other council members stated it was time to let businesses resume.

Tammy Steemken and Leslie Parker with the North Sioux City Parks and Recreation board gave the council an update on their work. The council approved a new playground system through My Turn Playstems at $89,770. In order to prepare for installing the new equipment at City Park, the following items would have to be taken care of:

• Remove wood chips;

• Remove old equipment prior to install;

• Remove grass and dirt to square playground and expand;

• Install two tires, one on each end of existing track ride;

• Install new and current wood fiber; and

• Remove a couple of branches.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.